Energy audit

Energy Audit Tools That Can Help Any Size Business

By Jason Walter

The word "audit" makes most business owners want to head for the hills, but there is one kind of audit every business should embrace. Whether your business is a small specialty store or a large manufacturing company, understanding how it uses (or wastes) energy is key to the bottom line.

That's where an energy audit comes in. An energy audit (or assessment) will help you identify and prioritize ways to save energy and money, such as updating equipment, shifting energy use to off-peak hours or leveraging renewable energy sources. There are energy audit resources available for any size California business. Try one of the following no-cost or low-cost solutions today.1

Do-it-yourself FREE energy assessment
Small and medium-sized business customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) can audit their energy use themselves by using the Business Energy Checkup on The Business Energy Checkup is a free online self-assessment tool that provides highly customized recommendations to help you lower your operating costs. It’s also a source for products that offer financial incentives to implement energy savings in your business.

With the Business Energy Checkup, you can:

  • See your monthly gas and electricity spending and compare it to that of similar-sized businesses.
  • Track estimated energy usage by type of equipment.
  • Get customized energy saving recommendations and see how much you could potentially save with each.
  • Create a customized Energy Savings Plan in minutes and put it into action.

Setup is free and easy—just answer five questions—and your profile can be modified as your business grows over time. Sign up or log in to My Energy to take the Business Energy Checkup.

Assistance by phone
If you have trouble logging in or have questions about the Business Energy Checkup, PG&E's Business Customer Service Center representatives can guide you through an audit tool over the phone. The assessment is available at no cost and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. Call the Business Customer Service Center at 1-800-468-4743.

On-site energy assessment
PG&E offers its small, medium-sized and larger customers free energy audit services that include on-site analysis of their energy consuming systems and customized calculations to help them create a strategic plan for implementing projects with the help of their account manager. During the audit, a PG&E energy advisor will analyze your business's current energy use and identify savings opportunities that you can capitalize on.

This energy audit can be extremely valuable to your business because it provides you with the foundation for highly effective energy management. After the audit, you will have energy information and options that are tailored to your business to help guide your energy decisions.

For more information about PG&E's free energy audit services for businesses, contact your PG&E representative or the Business Customer Service Center at 1-800-468-4743.

To learn more about ways to make your business energy efficient, download PG&E's "25 Money-Saving Tips for Businesses" eBook. This eBook will provide business owners with energy solutions that lead to significant savings.

  1. Pacific Gas and Electric Company

How to audit your business's energy efficiency.
  • SMB Blog Author
    Jason Walter
    Senior Marketing Manager for commercial programs at PG&E. With a focus on integrating solutions, he takes a systems thinking approach to the development and rollout of energy management programs. Jason is an advocate for generating energy efficiencies and sustainable solutions for PG&E's customers, and within the company itself.

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